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Rep. Louise Slaughter
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One of the most powerful women in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congresswoman Louise McIntosh Slaughter achieved a significant level of leadership as the Chairwoman of the influential House Committee on Rules, making her the first woman in history to hold this position. She is currently the Ranking Member on the Rules Committee.

Rep. Slaughter is the Democratic Chair of two very prominent congressional caucuses: the Congressional Arts Caucus and the Bipartisan Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, and is the former Co-chair of the Congressional Women's Caucus.

Her diverse district includes the cities of Rochester, Buffalo and Niagara Falls, New York. Her constituents know her to be a strong proponent of progressive causes and a fighter for the employment concerns and the economic development of Western New York. She has earned a reputation for her dedication to constituent service.

Elected in 1986, Rep. Slaughter holds a Bachelor of Science degree (1951) in Microbiology and a Master of Science degree (1953) in Public Health from the University of Kentucky. Prior to entering Congress, she served in the New York State Assembly (1982-86) and the Monroe County (N.Y.) Legislature (1976-79); and as regional coordinator to then-Secretary of State Mario Cuomo (1976-78) and to then-Lt. Gov. Mario Cuomo (1979-82). In May 2006 she was presented with an honorary Doctorate from the University of Kentucky.

A native of Harlan County, Kentucky, Congresswoman Slaughter has lived most of her life in Rochester's suburb of Fairport. She is married to Robert Slaughter and has three daughters and seven grandchildren.

Entries by Rep. Louise Slaughter

Hobby Lobby Case: A Constitutional Pandora's Box

(47) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 1:41 PM

When we set out to reform health care, one of our major priorities was ending the practice of charging women more than men for the same insurance. The Affordable Care Act addresses this in a number of ways, including a ban on gender discrimination in health programs and requiring health...

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Ending the Era of Giveaway Trade

(52) Comments | Posted March 15, 2014 | 3:38 PM

Two years ago today, a little-noticed, but profoundly important, trade agreement between the United States and South Korea took effect. At the time, negotiators from both countries hailed this trade agreement as a deal that would expand our economy, increase exports and create jobs. Today, we know that these claims...

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The House GOP's Holiday Gift to the Unemployed

(67) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 10:42 AM

Right before they left for the holidays, Republicans in the House of Representatives left a lump of coal in the stockings of 1.3 million Americans. On Saturday, long-term unemployment benefits for those struggling Americans expired, leaving them and their families to face the continuing fallout of the recession with nowhere...

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Putting Problem Solving Before Politics: A Lesson for the GOP

(33) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 8:35 AM

One month ago today, Republicans in Congress shut down the government and threatened to cause a global economic crisis by refusing to pay our bills. Though poll after poll showed that the American people were opposed to the government shutdown, Republicans in the House of Representatives continued their dangerous political...

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Genetic Testing and the Fight for a Cure

(4) Comments | Posted May 31, 2013 | 12:58 PM

The fight to find a cure for breast cancer is one that deserves the full support of our federal government. That is why in the early 1990s, I led the effort to create an Office of Research on Women's Health at the National Institute of Health (NIH), and secured the...

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Renew the Violence Against Women Act -- Now!

(106) Comments | Posted December 12, 2012 | 10:33 AM

Rape. Stalking. Verbal Abuse. Intimidation. These are not the words that the holiday season should bring to mind. But because Congress has so far failed to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), millions of Americans face the prospect of losing programs that help victims of domestic violence find safety...

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After the Olympics: Helping Our Future Olympic Stars

(19) Comments | Posted August 15, 2012 | 12:04 PM

Now that London Olympic Games have drawn to a close, we can step back and marvel at the success of our American women in these games. For the first time ever, the United States sent more female athletes to the games than male. On the flight home,

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Law & Order: The Army's SVU

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2012 | 12:09 PM

Each week, the cast of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit appears on screen to solve some of the most violent cases of sexual assault in New York City. Unfortunately, as we all know, the trauma of sexual assault isn't limited to what we see on TV -- and in...

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A Fair Shot, Not a Rigged Game

(58) Comments | Posted January 25, 2012 | 6:05 PM

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"The American People Want a Fair Shot, Not a Rigged Game"

In the chaotic twelve months since Republicans assumed control of the House of Representatives, the American people have watched Congress grind to a halt. Much of this dysfunction was caused by a tangled...

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What's in Your Christmas Ham?

(81) Comments | Posted December 22, 2011 | 11:09 AM

Before you sit down to your holiday ham this season, think on this -- nearly half of pigs on U.S. farms carry MRSA, a "super bug" that causes all kinds of tough-to-treat infections. It's not just pork putting you and your family at risk -- nearly half of...

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Tax Break Update -- What Is Happening Today

(3) Comments | Posted December 20, 2011 | 11:53 AM

I want to help explain what is happening on the floor of the House of Representatives. We should be voting to extend middle class tax cuts, but through some legislative acrobatics, the Republican Majority has designed a vote that will guarantee that a tax break for the middle class will...

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Plan B: Debunking the Myths and Improving Women's Health Care

(67) Comments | Posted December 6, 2011 | 6:11 PM

This week we stand on the cusp of an exciting milestone for women's health as the FDA evaluates whether or not to allow the Plan B One-Step emergency contraception to be brought from behind the pharmacist's counter, onto the shelves with other contraceptive methods. If they approve this move, as...

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Global Freedoms and American Jobs

(14) Comments | Posted November 10, 2011 | 10:48 AM

Thomas Friedman recently wrote a wonderful column about the many foreign policy accomplishments of President Obama. From deposing Muammar Gaddafi in Libya to finally capturing Osama bin Laden, President Obama has been very successful in promoting stability, democracy, and freedom around the world.

Yet it was when...

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Unfit to Stand Trial, Yet Fit to Have a Gun

(553) Comments | Posted May 25, 2011 | 6:31 PM

Earlier today, Jared Loughner, a troubled young man who is accused of shooting 20 innocent people, including my colleague, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, was found unfit to stand trial for his actions.

Mr. Loughner's mental and emotional troubles have been well documented and were well known among classmates,...

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Equality Is Choice

(432) Comments | Posted February 17, 2011 | 2:15 PM

The Republican Party would like you to think that the debate over their proposed anti-choice legislation (HR 3 and HR 358) is a debate about whether or not we should value life. Rest assured it is not; we all value life.

The debate is about a bedrock principle of...

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Don't Return to Discriminatory Health Care Against Women

(44) Comments | Posted January 18, 2011 | 5:28 PM

On Wednesday, the Republican majority will vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act. By voting for repeal, the Republican majority is taking away valuable health care protections and benefits provided for women.

The truth is that women have the most to gain from the Affordable Care Act. Prior to...

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Right-Wing Judge Paid by His Future Plaintiff -- Time to Draw the Line

(77) Comments | Posted December 21, 2010 | 1:17 PM

What if I told you that you were going to trial on Monday, but that what you said in the court room didn't matter?

What if I told you the presiding judge had spent 20 years working against your beliefs?

What if I told you that he cared...

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Reforming Our Food Production Can Start With Curbing Antibiotic Use

(6) Comments | Posted November 3, 2009 | 9:18 AM

Jonathan Safran Foer's new book, Eating Animals, has inspired a lively discussion here at HuffPo about how we produce the food we eat. One of the most important issues on that subject to me as a microbiologist is the danger of overusing antibiotics.

There is a direct correlation between the...

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Vaccines Important for Children's Health

(26) Comments | Posted September 3, 2009 | 2:46 PM

As August winds to a close, parents and children are getting ready to go back to school. In between buying supplies, trying on new clothes, and sorting out schedules, there is another important step to prepare -- getting every child vaccinated. Making sure that school age boys and girls are...

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A Step Closer to Safer Food

(40) Comments | Posted July 30, 2009 | 7:47 PM

Today's House passage of H.R. 2749, the Food Safety Enhancement Act, marks a victory that every American should applaud. After all, we all eat, and we want confidence that we're eating the safest food possible.

From spinach to peanut butter to cookie dough, the foods that we consume everyday make...

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